Although it’s hard to believe that TIME magazine’s true readers will generally vote for Cyrus as the person who “most influenced the news this year, for better or worse”, the former Hannah Montana child star who made headlines for “twerking” at the last VMAs is now leading the race on the online poll conducted by TIME.
Other contenders based on the poll include newsmakers all across the globe, mostly coming from public offices and select industries such as sports, entertainment and technology.
Despite the issues and controversies surrounding the recently launched Obamacare, US President Barack Obama who was TIME’s Person of the Year in 2012 is still in the race. Interestingly, he is going up against his fellow contenders that include Republican Ted Cruz, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and NSA documents “leaker” Edward Snowden.
Online moguls are also well represented in the poll such as Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Dick Costolo (Twitter), Larry Page (Google), Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook), Reed Hastings (Netflix) and Marissa Mayer (Yahoo). SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk also made it to the list.
A few celebrities from Hollywood and the sports world came up on the list including actress Angelina Jolie, TV host Jimmy Fallon, “The Breaking Bad” genius Vince Gilligan, power swimmer Diana Nyad, Red Sox hero David Ortiz and NBA superstar LeBron James.
Unfortunately for James, becoming TIME’s Person of the Year may seem far-fetched unless he does something extraordinary beyond the realm of sports only because NBA legend Michael Jordan never made it to the list. Royal bundle of joy, Prince George, unquestionably the youngest and the cutest contender in the lot, is probably more promising.
In a different spectrum, some people may be appalled or surprised that alleged Boston marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev have been chosen by readers to be on the list too.
But before we consider those entries as off or shocking, let’s go back to the magazine’s history. Adolf Hitler was chosen by TIME as its “Man of the Year” in 1938.
Although I believe Malala Yousafzai is one of the most courageous and inspirational activists of our time who would defy death to promote education among her fellow young girls and be the global spokesperson fighting for their rights, I choose to vote for the man who does not act like he occupies the most powerful, the most revered and the most influential seat in the Vatican.
My vote goes to Pope Francis.
The humble and quite “unorthodox” Pope who was elected to the papacy last March continues to break traditions, planting countless seeds of inspiration, to reform not just the Catholic Church but the regular man on the street that happens to pause and learn from his resonating, powerful and touching “leadership by example”.
Who is your choice?
TIME’s Person of the Year poll ends on December 4 at 11:59pm. The winner will be announced on December 6. TIME’s official Person of the Year for 2013, chosen by TIME editors, will be announced on December 11.